Dow Jones Today Slides Over 100 Points as Trade War Tensions Reemerge

The Dow Jones today traded over 100 points lower after China announced on Sunday that it plans to impose tariffs of up to 25% on 130 U.S. exports. According to the Chinese government, these tariffs are meant to act as a limited response to the Trump administration's recent steel tariffs that, according to a statement from the ministry, "produced severe damage to [China's] interests."

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Here are the numbers from Thursday for the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq:

Index Previous Close Point Change Percentage Change
Dow Jones 24,103.11 254.69 1.07%
S&P 500 2,640.87 35.87 1.38%
Nasdaq 7,063.44 114.22 1.64%

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The Top Stock Market Stories for Monday

Dow Jones Industrial Average

  • Markets are again focusing on U.S. President Donald Trump and his protectionist policies. According to reports, Trump may tie U.S. border security to any new negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trump has complained that Mexico is not doing enough to reduce the flow of illegal drugs and undocumented immigrants into the country.
  • According to various reports, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) may soon make an offer for health insurance giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). The proposed deal is seen as an answer to Amazon's dive into the health benefits sectors, as well as the $69 billion merger between CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) and Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET). This morning, HUM shares are up 7.1%, while WMT stock slipped 0.8%.
  • In addition to the market reports on manufacturing and construction spending, we'll be listening to a speech from the outspoken president of the Minnesota Federal Reserve. Neel Kashkari will be speaking on the economy at the University of Minnesota student town hall in Duluth today.

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Three Stocks to Watch Today: AMZN, TSLA, UAA

  • Shares of Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) are trying to recover after last week's sell-off. Amazon stock slumped after President Trump said he plans to target the e-commerce giant over its tax practices. Trump argued last week that the U.S. Postal Service is experiencing a "tremendous loss" in money each year as employees deliver packages on behalf of Amazon.
  • Moody's Investors Service downgraded Tesla Inc.'s (Nasdaq: TSLA) corporate debt rating from B2 to B3. That rating is below investment grade and will likely force the cost of borrowing higher for the company in the future. In other news, the firm recalled 123,000 Model S vehicles over issues with the power steering.
  • Shares of Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UAA) were off 3.3% after the company announced a massive data breach impacting 150 million customers. Although the firm said that credit card data was not breached, it said that personal information like e-mail addresses, passwords, and usernames stored through the MyFitnessPal were subject to theft.
  • Look for earnings reports from Cal-Maines Foods Inc. (Nasdaq: CALM), Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CCO), A10 Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: ATEN), Sky Solar Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: SKYS), and Westmoreland Coal Co. (NYSE: WLB).

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